Eugene Pinkhassik

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Recently, we described a method for creating nanometer-thin organic materials with nanopores of programmed size. Control of pore geometry and mass transfer has been identified as key to advances in DNA-sequencing devices, microreactors, molecular electronics, and drug-delivery devices. Nanocapsules with selective permeability have gained considerable(More)
Changing polystyrene nanoparticles from three-dimensional spherical shape to two-dimensional disk shape promotes their cell surface binding with significant reduction of cell uptake. As a result of lower cell uptake, nanodisks show very little perturbations on cell functions such as cellular ROS generation, apoptosis and cell cycle progression compared to(More)
Here, we show that the charge of the nanopores in the nanometer-thin shells of hollow porous nanocapsules can regulate the transport of charged molecules. By changing the pH of external aqueous solution, we can entrap charged molecules in nanocapsules and trigger the release of encapsulated content.
We have developed a novel design of optical nanothermometers that can measure the surrounding temperature in the range of 20-85 °C. The nanothermometers comprise two organic fluorophores encapsulated in a crosslinked polymethacrylate nanoshell. The role of the nanocapsule shell around the fluorophores is to form a well-defined and stable microenvironment to(More)
We describe a new co-entrapment and release motif based on the combination of noncovalent and steric interactions in materials with well-defined nanopores. Individual components enter hollow nanocapsules through nanopores in the capsule shell. Their complex, larger than the pore size, remains entrapped. The dissociation of the complex upon external stimulus(More)
Combination of the enzymes of the pentose phosphate pathway with hydrogenase has been demonstrated to increase the hydrogen yield from glucose to nearly theoretical yield (12 H2/1 glucose). The instability of the commercially available mesophilic enzymes as well as that of the cofactor NADP+ is an obstacle for practical application of the method to hydrogen(More)
UNLABELLED Although there have been substantial advancements in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, treatments for osteoarthritis (OA) have lagged and currently are primarily palliative until joints become totally dysfunctional and prosthetic replacement is needed. One obstacle for developing a preventive therapy for OA is the lack of good tools for(More)
Hollow polymer nanocapsules are produced by the polymerization within hydrophobic interior of lipid bilayers that act as temporary self-assembled scaffolds. Pore-forming templates are co-dissolved with monomers in the bilayers to create pores with controlled size and chemical environment. Polymerization was monitored with UV spectroscopy and dynamic light(More)
Surfactants and hydrophobic monomers spontaneously assemble into vesicles containing monomers within the bilayer. The joint action of monomers and surfactants is essential in this synergistic self-assembly. Polymerization in the bilayer formed hollow polymer nanocapsules.